This should come of no surprise but some of Metta World Peace’s (or Ron Artest) teammates are counting down the days until he has a full on meltdown. Now, to be fair, Peace has been a rather peaceful (yes, that was on purpose) teammate while in Los Angeles. But that was under Phil Jackson’s regime. And the feeling in the Lakers’ locker room is that this new Mike Brown regime is going cause Peace to not be so peaceful (and yes, that was on purpose too).
Metta World Peace might be on the verge of a meltdown, according to some of his Lakers teammates, and coach Mike Brown might be at the core.
World Peace is “walking around all crazy-like. We’re just waiting for him to go off,” one Lakers player recently told FOXSportsWest.com, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Added another teammate, also requesting anonymity: “He’s always talking about how he should be playing no matter how bad he’s shooting, but he can’t figure out that when he takes bad shots and misses eight in a row it puts us in a hole.”
What’s more, a source close to the team told FOXSportsWest.com that Brown wouldn’t be averse to trading World Peace — not necessarily because of a personality clash but simply because he hasn’t played well.
And that would make some of his teammates happy.
“There are a lot of guys in here who’d just like to see him gone,” one player told FOXSportsWest.com on the condition of anonymity. “I think we’d definitely be a better team if everyone didn’t have to walk on eggshells when he’s around.”
Looks like Peace is beginning to wear out his welcome in LA. But I guess we should’ve seen this coming as soon as Phil Jackson rode off into the sunset last season. There was absolutely no way that Metta World Peace would ever bow down to a Mike Brown. And that is why there is so much friction between the two.
The only hope there is for smoothing things over is if Kobe got involved. But I doubt he wants Peace enough to do so.